February's annual Black History Month activities have some busy days at the College of New Caledonia.
The college has partnered with the Prince George African Heritage Society (PGAHS) for some socialization and education events to celebrate this ethnic chapter in our local culture. The top of the list is the Afro Fusion Cuisine Dinner Dance & Entertainment event on Feb. 23.
The celebration, now in its 22nd year, has become a longstanding cultural tradition in the community.
Last year, the celebration raised more than $1,600 for the Dominican Hurricane Maria Relief Fund and an equal amount for the Give A Chance Society. This year, proceeds from the celebration will fund the CNC Black History Committee Endowment Bursary.
"It's important to celebrate and learn from the past during Black History Month," said CNC instructor and one of the event organizers George Kaweesi. "But it's also important we come together to celebrate while also continuing to build a future for our youth."
In honour of Black History Month, CNC also has a display of traditional African history and culture in the library.
"CNC is a true community college, but we are also increasingly dynamic and international,"said CNC president Henry Reiser.
"We all benefit from this infusion of culture coming together on our campus. CNC is proud to be a supporter of the Black History Month Celebration, which brings our community together every year."
The dinner and dance starts with appetizers and drinks at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., and live entertainment plus a dance with DJ Darkness to follow.
Tickets are $25 for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages seven to 12, and free for children six and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the CNC Bookstore, UNBC Bookstore, Books & Company, DJ Afro, Superstore and at the door if available.